When I was a farm kid growing up in central North Dakota, corn seemed a little exotic.
Not as exotic as coconuts or pineapples, of course, but out of the ordinary nonetheless. Corn for silage, sure: that was commonplace. But not corn for grain: it just wasn’t a viable crop in central and western North Dakota. Few farmers even thought about growing it.
Times have changed. New corn varieties allow the crop to be grown in parts of North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota once unsuitable for it. Corn acreage in the three states is soaring.
There are a lot of interesting and important agricultural trends in the Upper Midwest this spring. Corn’s rising popularity arguably leads the list.
Read my cover story on corn in the May 7 issue of Agweek.